African Swine Fever

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African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease of pigs, warthogs, European wild boar and American wild pigs. All age groups are equally susceptible. With high-virulence forms of the virus, ASF is characterised by high fever, loss of appetite, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in 2-10 days on average. Mortality rates may be as high as 100%.

ASF is currently circulating and well-established within parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, with a reservoir of infection within the wild boar population.  ASF is a disease listed on the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code, reportable to the OIE on identification.  The disease is also notifiable by law in the UK with more information available on the Defra website.

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